With a classic whiskey-soaked roadhouse sound, Atlanta-based Ponderosa began when singer and guitarist Kalen Nash met guitarist Kris Sampson at Atlanta’s Nickel & Dime recording studio, where Sampson was serving as head engineer.
The two discovered a musical affinity and began tracking with area players J.T. Hall
(bass and vocals), John Dance (organ and keyboards), and Darren Dodd (drums and vocals), quickly generating a raw but well-crafted version of Southern roots rock. Rosa (as the band is known to fans) was born. An independently released EP called Moonlight Revival appeared in 2010, but after a series of impassioned performances as the opening act for the Whigs
, Shooter Jennings
, Old 97's
and others, and impressive appearances at the Austin City Limits and Voodoo Music festivals, the group was signed to New West Records
. Working with producer Joe Chiccarelli, Rosa released their full-length debut, also called Moonlight Revival, on New West Records
early in 2011, following it with the Dave Fridman-produced Pool Party a year later in 2012, which saw the band completely reverse its field and move in a anthemic psychedelic dream pop direction. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi